Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was making excuses to hide facts on the allocation of coal blocks, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said Monday.
"Country is upset with prime minister's statement. He is making excuses and is hiding the facts," BJP leader Prakash Javadekar told reporters after Manmohan Singh's statement in parliament on the issue that has seen adjournments of both houses during last week.
In the entire statement, Javadekar said, the only correct point is that the prime minister takes full responsibility for the decisions of the coal ministry.
"All the files related to coal allocation had his stamp as the coal minister and that is why we want him to resign," he added.
Manmohan Singh sought to make a statement in both houses of parliament on the controversial coal block allocation but the din raised by BJP members demanding his resignation drowned out his voice.
The prime minister was then compelled to table his speech in both houses.